What To Do If Your Air Conditioning System Experiences Flooding or Hail Damage

April 26, 2016

While your air conditioner is created to withstand the weather, including heavy showers and storm damage, occasionally you need to call your air conditioning repair technician to inspect likely damage. If your AC system sits in standing water, due to a torrential downpour or other unexpected issues, it can cause terrible damage to the moving parts and electrical pieces. The water usually has to reach about 15 inches in depth to affect your air conditioner, but if there has been any flooding whatsoever, call Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning for a safety inspection as soon as possible.

If severe storms or flooding caused your air conditioning unit to sit in standing water, there are a handful of things we suggest doing to avoid further damage or dangerous conditions:

  • Disable all the electrical switches for your air conditioning system. If you are not comfortable turning off your switches, you can call your AC maintenance company to help guide you through the process.
  • Allow your AC system to dry out. Get rid of any standing water if possible and carefully clear any debris from the immediate area.
  • Leave your AC system off until a professional AC inspection has been done. Call Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning and ensure your equipment will operate safely and effectively with a full AC safety inspection.

CAUTION: Do not cover your outdoor heating and air conditioning systems with a tarp. This could actually cause more problems, including not allowing the system to air out entirely and remove moisture, potentially causing rust or other damage.

In addition to April showers, spring escorts in hail storms, as well. Each year thousands of commercial and residential air conditioning systems are in need of repair because of hail. While you can typically see obvious damage from the outside, you may not realize that the damage inside the air conditioner may be causing restricted air flow, decreasing the performance of the system. Sometimes you can fix the AC unit more easily, by combing the fins or replacing the coil, but an insurance company’s claim breakdown showed that around one out of ten of air conditioners damaged by hail had to be fully replaced.

High winds tend to accompany storms and while your AC system probably won’t get wind damage, other objects picked up by the wind, like tree branches, trash cans, or unattached enclosures, can be thrown, damaging your air conditioner.

For a full air conditioner inspection and safety check, call Stevenson Service Experts Heating & Air Conditioning today and we’ll make sure your AC system is running safely and efficiently. Help keep your family safe during storm season and make sure to follow these guidelines if your neighborhood is under a serious storm warning.

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